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>> great idea. i'm kris several breaking stories this friday night. the o.j. simpson murder case. the lapd confirming they are now testing a knife, allegedly found buried at simpson's former estate. amid reports it is not consistent with the murders. and we ask, why is it just being tested now? the fallout after the debate. trump defending his own words on that stage. >> and he referred to my hands. if they are small, something else must be small. i guarantee you, there is no problem. i guarantee you. >> the urgent effort to block trump. with many asking, is this helping hillary clinton? the friday commuter nightmare. the storms. several chain reaction crashes. snow and ice sweeping through. the next system we're watching already. the cdc now on the scene tonight. the mystery illness in the heartland. a rare infection.
more than three dozen cases. 18 people have died. and breaking news in the erin andrews case. what we've just learned. good evening. great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with the new headline in the o.j. simpson murder case. the l.a. police confirming they are testing a knife allegedly found buried on his former estate. it's a case that riveted the nation since he took off in the white ford bronco. chased by police for hours. arrested for the murder of his wife nicole brown and her friend ron goldman. the weapon never found after two found stabbed to death. the jury finding o.j. not guilty. no other suspect ever found, nor was a knife. but amid reports this is not consistent with the murders, but
the lapd acknowledging they are testing it. but would it make any difference even if they found any dna? matt gutman is in brentwood, california, tonight. >> reporter: tonight that knife, another tortured twist in the o.j. simpson case. the lapd today saying the knife was allegedly found by a construction worker on o.j. simpson's property during in the late 1990s, and are investigating whether it could be connected to the brutal stabbing of his ex-wife nicole brown simpson and her friend ron goldman in 1994. >> this individual wanted to turn it over to law enforcement. >> reporter: the lapd says this knife is now being carefully scanned for possible dna evidence. amid reports that show it's not the murder weapon. but tests could take weeks. the shocking part -- an lapd officer, now retired, was allegedly handed the knife by a construction worker and held onto it for 18 years. is this another case of the lapd or an lapd officer mishandling evidence in the o.j. simpson case? >> well, i certainly hope not. but it certainly is very
concerning to us. that a police officer, whether retired or active, would not know to submit and turn in evidence or what is believed to be evidence. >> reporter: during the trial, the lapd was found to have mishandled evidence and never found the murder weapon, believed to be a small knife that played an outsized role in the 1995 trial. >> this is a rage killing, and he's using a knife because he is there to settle a personal score, a personal vendetta that he has. >> reporter: ron goldman's father telling the "daily news," i hope they test it, i hope it turns out to be the weapon. it would be one more nail in simpson's coffin. the o.j. frenzy today trending all day on twitter, erupting as "people vs. o.j. simpson" is currently airing on fx. >> we've got two victims in brentwood. >> nobody gets killed in brentwood. >> reporter: also reminding us of simpson's house, that epic slow-speed chase through l.a., and of course that yearlong trial.
>> if it doesn't fit, you must acquit. >> reporter: o.j. was acquitted of the murder, but was convicted in 2008 in an unrelated case, and is eligible for parole next year. david, multiple law enforcement officials tell us this could be entirely bogus. officers who worked on the o.j. simpson case for years tell us they checked into and investigated up to 150 knives. none of them had dna matching simpson's or the victims'. david? >> matt, thanks. let's get to dan abrams. always great to have you with us. this knife was discovered nearly 20 years ago. it's just now being tested? >> that would mean that no matter what they found, they would have a real problem using this for anything substantive. you have a guy on a construction site giving it to another guy, who holds it for more than a decade. think about all this things that could have happened to the knife in the meantime. serious chain of custody problems.
>> and theoretically even if they were able to find dna on the knife, they can't re-try o.j. simpson. >> never, double jeopardy. he was tried once, acquitted. you can never try o.j. simpson again. he could confess tomorrow. still couldn't try him. >> dan, thanks. next, to the other big headline. the race for the white house. voters in five states weighing in tomorrow. and tonight, the fallout from the fiery republican debate filled with personal attacks last night. just minutes into the debate, donald trump shifting focus to his hands and personal attacks leveled against him. but he was also challenged on his changing positions. what his campaign said after the debate. appearing to change positions again. and what trump himself is saying tonight. tom llamas in new orleans. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump flaunting that debate shocker like a badge of honor. >> they actually said, "be presidential." i said, "does that mean that i can't fight?" so when little marco spews his crap about the size of my hands,
which are big, the size of my hand. so i looked at him, i said, "marco." >> reporter: this is what trump said to senator marco rubio just six minutes into the debate. >> he hit my hands. nobody has ever hit my hands. i have never heard of this. look at those hands. are they small hands? [ laughter ] and he referred to my hands, if they are small, something else must be small. i guarantee you there is no problem. i guarantee you. >> reporter: 20 minutes later, an all-out name calling blitz. >> i have a policy question for you, sir. >> yes. >> let's see if he answers it. >> i will. don't worry about it, marco. don't worry about it. don't worry about it, little marco, i will. >> let's hear big donald. >> don't worry about it, little marco. >> gentlemen. >> you ought to -- >> gentlemen, you have got to do better than this. >> reporter: today, david asking senator rubio if he regrets deciding to dish out the personal attacks as well.
>> you have young children. do you regret where this has gone? >> look, i regret the way the campaign has become, absolutely, because donald trump, for the last year, has made it one of the most vulgar spectacles in american political history. >> but do you regret engaging on that level? >> look, i think sometimes when someone is as offensive as he is repeatedly, he needs to get a taste of his own medicine. >> reporter: but amid it all, senator ted cruz casting himself as the adult in the room. >> megyn, let me just ask the voters at home, is this the debate you want playing out in the general election? >> reporter: but later, cruz sucked right into the fight. >> donald, please, i know it's hard not to interrupt. >> it's not what you said in the op-ed. >> breathe, breathe, breathe. >> lying ted. >> you can do it. you can breathe. i know it's hard. i know it's hard. >> reporter: tonight, trump facing questions about a major flip-flop. asked why he recently endorsed the idea of visas for highly-skilled foreign workers, even though his campaign website says those visas would, quote, "decimate women and minorities." >> i'm changing. i'm changing. we need highly-skilled people in this country.
if we can't do it, we will get them in. >> you are abandoning the position on your website. >> i'm changing it, and i'm softening the position because we have to have talented people in this country. >> reporter: but minutes after the debate ended, another reversal. the trump campaign declaring the position on their website, the one trump had just run away from, still stands. quote, "no exceptions." the question is, will any of this inconsistencyatter? the establishment is trying to wrestle this nomination away from you. what are you doing to make sure that doesn't happen? >> well, look, we have a lot of delegates. and we'll have a lot more i think after this weekend, and i think probably going into next weekend. big leads almost everywhere. >> tom llamas, with donald trump after the debate. tom with us from louisiana now. and this evening, ben carson, suspending his campaign, tom? >> reporter: that's right, david. at one point, he was a major player in the campaign. but then his campaign faded away. dr. ben carson today saying, people love me. they just won't vote for me.
david? >> tom, thank you. and many asking, is the winner after that republican debate hillary clinton? the candidates on the stage spent more time attacking donald trump than her. but the clinton team made it clear they were watching. here's jonathan karl. >> i'm talking. >> reporter: as that debate got uglier and uglier, hillary clinton's team took to twitter, mocking the gop meltdown. using images from her face-off against republicans in congress. and this -- "how many more of these do we have to sit through? asking for a friend." >> the republican presidential, i don't know what to call it. i guess debate. there were so many insults flying back and forth, it was hard to keep track. >> i thought i was watching a sixth-grade recess fight. i don't know what to make of that deal last night. i just was speechless. >> reporter: while some democrats are happy the gop spectacle has drawn attention away from clinton's e-mail controversy, there's also cause
for concern. just look at super tuesday. a record 8.5 million republicans turned out to vote, compared to fewer than 6 million democrats. >> i have not started on hillary yet. believe me, i will start soon. >> reporter: clinton's advisers privately acknowledge, trump could be tough to beat. >> and jon karl with us live. right now, the clinton campaign telling you, they're prepared to go one-on-one with trump? >> reporter: the clinton team is proceeding with the assumption that trump will be the republican nominee. while they believe he's a deeply flawed candidate, they believe he could be a much more formidable candidate. much tougher to beat than the polls suggest in a general election. >> jon, thanks. next, to a dangerous commute this friday after a major storm system swept up the east coast. slick roads causing spinouts. and chain reaction crashes. this one, on i-93 in new
hampshire, traffic backed up for miles. several people rushed to the hospital. here's linzie janis with the pictures. >> reporter: tonight, drivers who thought they were done with winter dealing with one more blast. snow squalls triggering this massive 40-car pile-up in new hampshire, sending ten people to the hospital. this drone capturing stranded motorists after authorities shut down the interstate. and a major effort to salt roads not enough to stop wrecks during the morning commute. in lancaster, pennsylvania, this icy bridge causing a 14-car pile-up. two people hospitalized. officials warning drivers, bridges and overpasses are often up to six degrees colder than the regular road. and another warning. to be aware of thin ice. back in new hampshire, firefighters pulling off a daring rescue. cracking the ice on this lake with their boat.
saving this dog that wandered out and fell in. david, here in the northeast, it could be a slick commute as roads turn icy. david? >> linzie, thank you. and we turn to an alarming health headline. the cdc on the scene, investigating the trail of a mysterious and deadly bacteria. here's alex perez in wisconsin. >> reporter: tonight, a medical mystery. cdc disease detectives hunting for the cause of an outbreak of a rare blood infection. >> to have an outbreak of this magnitude is very interesting. >> reporter: this doctor has been tracking the outbreak of elizabethkingia. states usually report 5 to 10 cases a year. but since november, in southern wisconsin, 44 cases. 18 people have died. >> if they are related, we have to look for a common source. what is it that's common to the 44 people that they got infected with elizabethkingia? >> reporter: the victims, mostly 65 or older.
many, already sick with other illnesses. symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, and skin infections. the bacteria can survive in sinks and water. most concerning for officials, the victims are scattered across 11 counties. which makes pinpointing a cause, even tougher. and the illness is treatable, but doctors say it's resistant to many antibiotics. so early detection is critical. david? >> alex, thank you. next up to major developments in the erin andrews case. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: closing arguments today in the erin andrews case. lawyers arguing whether the nashville marriott is partially to blame for that secretly recorded naked video that went viral. >> the business owner is not an insurer of his customer's safety. >> reporter: andrews suing her stalker michael barrett as well as the owners and managers of that marriott for $75 million, claiming the hotel made it easy for barrett to figure out her room number and get a room next
door to hers so he could shoot video of her getting out of the shower. >> barrett couldn't have done it without the negligence of the nashville marriott. >> reporter: andrews breaking down on the stand during the two-week trial. >> do you believe you will ever get over this? >> no. >> reporter: the video has been viewed by almost 17 million people. andrews maintaining this incident has caused lasting, emotional scars. >> this could have been stopped. >> reporter: david, the case soon to be in the hands of the jury. they will decide if the hotel bears any of the blame and if andrews is entitled to any of the millions she is seeking. david? >> eva, thank you. still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. new cases of the zika virus in the west. and el chapo, was he here in the u.s., and no one knew it? and the family watching from across town as their home was being robbed.
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where fungal infections are common, and if you have had tb, hepatitis b or c, or are prone to infections. xeljanz can reduce the symptoms of ra, even without methotrexate. ask your rheumatologist about xeljanz. finally tonight here, our persons of the week. and think about this number. one-third of all children in middle school are bullied. tonight, the story of a young boy you saw here. many of you reacted to it. and so did his grandmother. and as you're about to see, she got the whole force behind her. our persons of the week. >> 1, 2, 3. >> reporter: three sheriffs from bibb county, georgia. smiles on their faces after bringing a smile to someone
else. because inside that sheriff's department, they get calls all the time. this call was different. the deputy, the first to respond. teenagers bullying a 9-year-old because of his worn-out sneakers. >> they kept pointing at his shoes, saying what are those, and you could see his sock outside his shoe, they were worn out. >> the deputy went to the home of the teenager leading the bullying. saying it's against the law to put your hands on someone else. >> i asked his grandmother what size shoe does he wear. >> reporter: she told her partners. >> she mentioned it several times. it's kind of like, we didn't have a choice, you know? >> reporter: they were going to buy size 7 shoes, splitting it three ways. >> it definitely was a splurge. >> reporter: the officers with the salesman, and the sneakers. >> i handed them to him, and he had a smile that would just light up a room. he kicked his old shoes off, took the new ones out of the box, and put them on his feet, and took off running.
>> reporter: and adam sending a message from school today. >> hi, david, i'm loving my new shoes. >> reporter: still smiling, and so are the officers. >> this was so much fun to watch him. he's got a smile like denzel washington. it's unbelievable. >> and so we choose adam and the officers in bibb county. thank you for watching on a friday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here on monday. good night.
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